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Ruffin and Blackman Join LSU Health New Orleans Leadership Team

January 5, 2023

Ceasar Ruuffin and Chief Blackman soeak to State Police

Edwin Murray, JD, Vice Chancellor for Governmental, Community and Security Affairs at LSU Health New Orleans, has appointed Ceasar Ruffin, MPA, as Director of Campus Security, and Richard Blackman, III, as Chief of University Police.

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Ceasar Ruffin retired from the New Orleans Police Department as a captain with 25 years of progressive responsibility in administering police best practices. While at NOPD, Ruffin commanded the Fourth District and oversaw operational areas such as criminal investigations, police administration and commanding patrol operations. He has an extensive history of expanding and improving organizational operations and comprehensive leadership covering fiscal management, crime reduction and community development. A military veteran who served eight years in the US Army and the Louisiana National Guard as a chemical specialist before joining LSU Health New Orleans, Ruffin was Special Assistant to Congressman Troy Carter, serving as the Criminal Justice Liaison for Louisiana District 02.
Ceasar Ruffin
Ruffin earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice at Delgado Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Upper Iowa University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Phoenix.
Richard Blackman
Richard G. Blackman, III, a 22-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, began his law enforcement career as a patrolman and worked his way up through the ranks while building relationships within the community and working joint assignments with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. During his tenure with NOPD, he managed investigations in various specialized units, including the Special Operations Division and Recruitment and Applicant Investigations. His role expanded after being appointed as the Commander of the Special Events Unit where he planned for natural disasters, dignitary visits, protests, and Mardi Gras. Under his command were city-wide personnel management, assignments, and strategic deployment plans for non-commissioned and commissioned employees. Additionally, he coordinated joint regional resources and equipment allocation used within the City of New Orleans.
Blackman earned a Bachelor of Criminology and Justice degree from Loyola University New Orleans. He has also taken continuing education courses at Northwestern Center for Public Safety. He is a member of various professional organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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